Friday, April 2, 2010

CVN Monthly Update, March 2010: Kickball, Recurring Volunteering @ AFAC, and YouTube

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Dear CVN volunteer,

Have we got a full month for you--seriously, it's loaded but good, so choose wisely and choose often this month. Before unveiling this month's goodness though, we just wanted to bring your attention to a few big things that were announced with CVN this last month:
  • The unveiling of our new blog, "The CVN Forum"--head over and read a welcome from me on the vision and background, an overview by our Communications Chair, Jourdan, on how you can help make this a community blog, and lots of past CVN emails (even one from 2005!);
  • The launch of CVN's YouTube page with video series like "Why CVN and why volunteering?", "Volunteering in Action," and one on what the community garden recurring volunteering initiative is--and there'll be more to come. Want to contribute? Just hit up a volunteer or social event, shoot a brief video that captures it (with the participants' permission), and send it to Jourdan at;
  • This month, we're launching another recurring volunteer event--this one at Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), along with CVN's first kickball team! Details on AFAC are below, and though we have the 12 required kickball spots filled, we CAN have 26 or so (!!)--contact Social Chair Kelly Corbally at if interested;
  • Lastly, we sent out a note this month noting that I'll be heading on from CVN in about a month (heading to grad school!). Read the overview here on what we're looking for in a new Chair--if interested, you can contact Sharon, our County Liaison, at                                                                


Upcoming CVN volunteer events:  
  • ACF Annual Gala - Sat, April 17, 5:30pm – 10:00pm | CVN has been invited to volunteer at the Arlington Community Foundation's (ACF) Annual Gala--it'll include a silent auction, formal dinner, and a live band and dancing. CVN will help with greeting guests, the silent auction, and handing out prizes. Volunteers will be able to enjoy a free meal and some of the entertainment. The Arlington Community Foundation provides grants to local non-profit organizations and college scholarships to Arlington graduates. Find out more, RSVP:
  • Recurring Volunteering @ AFAC - Sat, April 24, 12:30pm – 2:30pm | Help out Arlington Food Assistance Center (in Shirlington) by bagging rice, beans, produce and other bulk items. It's a two-hour shift and a great chance for CVN to get recurring volunteering started with AFAC. We just have six slots available, and since this is one of our recurring events, please only sign up if you're interested in volunteering on a recurring basis. Contact Marjorie, who is organizing this, at for questions. Find out more, RSVP:
  • Recurring Volunteering @ Community Garden - Sun, April 25, 2pm – 4pmCome check out this CVN recurring event—helping maintain and improve the schoolyard garden at Arlington Traditional School. You’ll enjoy an active afternoon and a fun, dynamic group interested in small-space gardening, local food, and environmental ed. If you haven’t attended before, contact Brynn Slate to get details on this and other related activities—field trips, discussions, shared meals, and more! Find out more, RSVP:
Upcoming CVN social and community events
  • April Monthly Meetup @ Ireland Four Courts - Tue, April 13, 7pm – 9pm | Join CVN to learn more about our upcoming events and mingle with other like-minded individuals. Whether you've never been to an event or are a regular, we'd love to have you. We'll be meeting in the back James Joyce room at Ireland Four Courts in Courthouse (Four Courts is directly across from the Courthouse metro). You can also find out about who won the CVN NCAA bracket and help us congratulate them with a little prize. Find out more, RSVP:
  • Dinner and Discussion w/CVN at the Committee of 100 - Wednesday, April 14, 7-8 dinner, 8-9:30 program |  Interested in Arlington's public school system and how it will survive the county's budget crunch? Join CVN for our monthly trip to the Committee of 100 for dinner and a discussion featuring Arlington's new Superintendent, Patrick Murphy. What is this "Committee of 100" you ask? Check out recent videos of CVN's trip last month and contact our Comm. of 100 Lead Sara Abramson for questions. Find out more, RSVP:
  • Annual Arlington Volunteer Awards Ceremony - Sun, April 18, 3pm – 5pm | Did you volunteer for CVN in 2009? Then the County Board, County Manager, and County Departments invite YOU to Arlington’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Join the CVN Leadership Team and volunteers from throughout Arlington for light food and drink, live entertainment, and volunteer recognition--it's a great way to see what other volunteers are up to in the county. If you didn't receive an invite, please email Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom, our County Liaison, to RSVP by April 9th.
  • Swapping Stories for Volunteers - An intergenerational look at volunteerism with CVN and CCC - Mon, April 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Come share volunteering experiences with other CVN volunteers and volunteers from Creative Community Connections (CCC). Through this intergenerational discussion we aim to discover what is good, what works, and what we want/need in terms of our volunteering. For more information or to RSVP please email Meredith Meade at
  • Film Festival @ the Rosslyn Spectrum - Wed, April 28, 7pm – 9pm | CVN is teaming up with the JCC for a screening of "A Matter of Size," about a 340-pound chef, living with his mother, who is fired from a restaurant because of his “unpresentable” image. Then, his weight-loss class dumps him because he keeps gaining pounds. But all that starts to change when Herzi gets into sumo wrestling, moving the video into questions of self-acceptance and related ideas. Norma Kaplan, Division Chief of Cultural Affairs will also be tell us about volunteer opportunities at Arlington's new Cultural Center. Tickets should be under $10 and an invite will follow with more details. To RSVP please e-mail Kelly Corbally at
Other local opps:
  • Kick-off Celebration of Columbia Pike's 200th Anniversary - Monday, April 12, 6:00pm | This free event commemorates the Congressional
    Charter of April 12, 1810 which established the Columbia Turnpike Co. for the construction of the Pike. Program speakers will discuss the rich history of Columbia Pike from the the Civil War to today's culturally diverse urban community, and the dynamic revitalization that is currently underway. Find out more here, and RSVP here.
  • MOVE ME! Arts Experience festival volunteers – Saturday, April 17, 1:30pm-5:30pm (2 shifts available: 1:30-3:00 and 4:00-5:30), Kenmore Middle School, Arlington | Help make this first annual community arts and culture festival a great success!  The festival takes place throughout the school from 2:00-5:00 with workshops, performances and displays in theatre, dance, music, and poetry. Volunteers may enjoy the festival during their off-time, including the feature Bowen McCauley Dance performance from 3:00-4:00.  Help with tickets and concessions, as well as general people wrangling.  For more information email, or visit
  • Community Energy Town Hall Meeting - Saturday, April 17, 2 pm - 5 pm, Washington-Lee High School Commons Room, 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington l Join the Community Energy Plan Team for the first Community Energy Town Hall Meeting and share your thoughts on energy issues in our community.  Find out more here.
  • LEAD - A Get HandsOn! Summit - Tuesday, April 20, 9 am - 4 pm l Are you looking to take your volunteer leadership to the next level?  Then consider attending this summit at the Newseum ($125, scholarships available), co-hosted by Service Nation and HandsOn Network that will bring together volunteer leaders from across the country that will discuss strategies for expanding our impact.  Find our more here.  Our County Liaison, Sharon, will be attending, so please contact her if you decide to go.
  • Other Volunteering Opps - Find some other volunteering opportunities you might be interested in here.

If you want to get reminders about CVN events and information about other volunteer opportunities on evenings and weekends, follow Sharon, our County Liaison, on Twitter @CVNLiaison

Full month? We know it, and so hope that much more we see you out for some of it!

PS - We almost forgot to announce the newest member of our Leadership Team:She's wired too, friend her on Facebook...
Brendan O'Connor
Community Volunteer Network (CVN)

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